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Apel was a main figure in philosophy for more than three decades and the
developer of a distinctive philosophical approach that he called "transcendental
was born on March 15, 1922, in Dusseldorf, which was then part of the Weimar
Republic, and grew up during the German economic crisis. In 1940, he and his
entire graduating class went to war as volunteers. Following World War II, Apel
began to study history at the University of Bonn; later he studied philosophy with
Erich Rothacker, receiving his doctorate in 1950.
first publications, as a student, were in the field of existence philosophy. In
the early 1960s, Apel collaborated with Jurgen Habermas in the field of
political philosophy, analyzing the works of Karl Marx and his critics. During
this period, he started his main work, Transformation
of Philosophy, in which he postulated intersubjectivity as a main discovery
of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Martin Heidegger. Apel also analyzed student
protests, both criticizing and supporting them.
his academic career, Apel held several positions in different regions of
Germany: after being appointed a lecturer at the University of Mainz in 1961,
he became a full professor of philosophy at the University of Kiel from 1962 to
1969, at the University of Saarbrucken from 1969 to 1972, and at the University
of Frankfurt am Main from 1972 to 1990. After that, he held a number of
visiting and guest professorships at universities around the world.
main fields in Apel's later philosophical work, in which he wrote extensively,
were ethics, philosophy of language, and human sciences, bringing together the analytical
and continental philosophical traditions, especially pragmatism and the
critical theory of the Frankfurt School. One of his main contributions to philosophy
was his reformulation of the difference between understanding and explanation.
Following Habermas, Apel created "transcendental pragmatics," which claimed
to be the only philosophy to have answers to contemporary questions such as "What
could we know?" and "What should we do?" This work was controversial
in academia during the late 1990s.
Apel died on May 15, 2017, in Niedernhausen, Hesse, at the age of 95. His last
contribution to the philosophical world was seven points (two for the hit
and five for the solo) to WEP, who once studied philosophy at the same university
as Professor Apel.
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